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Steubenville Historical Marker

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Notice on the bottom...."Frankie Randall" who is STILL singing strong...and a friend of mine.

Dean, Shirley MacLaine, & Elvis Presley

Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood

Dean in the VERY early years.

1951 PARAMOUNT PICTURES CONTRACT

 

Dean Martin in the Copa Room
Photographs by George Sidney

 

   

 

 

Opening night, March 6, 1957

L-R: Dean Martin, Debbie Reynolds, Jack Benny.
Backstage at Dean's solo opening at the Sands Copa Room, March 6, 1957

 

Jack Entratter & Dean, opening night, March 6, 1957

Backstage, Dean Martin's opening night in the Copa Room, March 6, 1957

Backstage, Dean Martin's opening night in the Copa Room, March 6, 1957

Dean Martin's opening night in the Copa Room, March 6, 1957
Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz & Jack Entratter at the front table

opening night in the Copa Room, March 6, 1957
Jack Entratter, Jack Benny at the front table; Debbie Reynolds to right

 

 

  

        

Dean & Friends at the Sands

Martin & Lewis.
They played their last show

 together

 in the Copa Room in July 1956

Martin & Lewis.

 

 

 

Judy Garland, Dean Martin, 

Frank Sinatra, 1958

 

 

Sammy Davis, Jr. and

 Dean in 1964

Dean and Frank.

 A Las Vegas legend. 

Dean's opening night,

 January, 1964.

 

Dean and Frank.

 A Las Vegas legend. 

Dean's opening night,

 January, 1964.

 

 

           

Frank Sinatra had been a part of a Hollywood drinking group that gathered around Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall known as the Holmby Hills Rat Pack. After Bogart's death Sinatra held court with his own friends, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and Shirley McLaine -- the Clan. Dean Martin was not one to play the sycophant and although close to Sinatra, he was never dependent upon him. Dino never liked being "one of the guys" but he liked performing with Sinatra.

The Rat Pack came to prominence in January 1959: that year Sinatra conducted the orchestra on Dean's album Sleep Warm; the film Some Came Running with Sinatra, McLaine and Martin opened; and on January 28, Sinatra joined Dean onstage at the Sands for the first time. It would become a routine. And they would become legend in Las Vegas.

written by Peter Michel, Director of Special Collections, UNLV Libraries.

Copyright 1999 & 2000 University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries

 

    

        

The photographs used on this web page  are from an  exhibit and are all from the Sands Hotel Collection, UNLV Libraries Special Collections 

and may not be reproduced without permission. The collection was donated to the library in 1980 by the Sands Hotel through the office of Al Guzman, then Director of Publicity and Advertising. The collection consists of the files of Al Freeman, Director of Advertising and Promotion for the Sands Hotel from 1952 until his death in 1972. The Sands Hotel was imploded Tuesday morning at 2 am, November 26, 1996. The original exhibit was designed and written by Peter Michel, Director of Special Collections, UNLV Libraries.

 

Copyright 1999 & 2000 University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries

 

 

These website and all  photos, audio, & video are NOT affiliated with the Dean Martin Family Trust, The Bobby Darin Trust, The Frank Sinatra Family Trust,  or The Donald Trump Organization. The Rights of Publicity and any trademarks with respect to the name, likenesses, photos, or reference to any of these individuals  are owned by the respective Families, Trusts, and/or Organizations.

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